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Top Sustainability Tips When Organising an Office Clearance

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Green awareness of the corporate sector is becoming more prevalent – with many businesses recognising the importance of reducing their carbon footprints and saving money. The new workspace trend is an office which is not only flexible and adaptable but also a sustainable work environment.

One of the biggest challenges that offices face is how to lighten their carbon footprint, without having to spend all their profits on an office clearance. The good news is there are many little things you can do in and around your office move to reduce your impact. By following some of these tips, you can help save the environment, save money, and make moving offices easier for all concerned.

When relocating offices it is important that businesses look at other ways of reducing their carbon footprint and one way this can be achieved is by reusing or recycling old furniture rather than disposing of it. This can be done by selling old furniture or giving it away to charities.

By recycling old furniture, you can save money as well as helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

Sustainability in the workplace is something that has been increasing over the years. Moving on second-hand office furniture isn’t as easy as it sounds, it can be time-consuming and a complicated process if you are not experienced managing this type of service. It’s not only the coordination of the project but also the compliance which goes with an office clearance.

The best way to make sure that everything goes smoothly is to hire a company who can handle all aspects of your office clearance needs.

Bringing in experts such as an office clearance company who have experience in managing these projects and demonstrate an ethical approach to office furniture is key to the success and sustainability of the project.

When completing a furniture clearance, think about the following:

  • Offer furniture to your people 
  • Remodel furniture or repair broken furniture 
  • Engage with charities & schools to donate furniture 
  • Work with a business relocation or office clearance company early in the process (6 months before your office lease expires)
  • Complete a furniture audit to determine the second had value of current furniture assets
  • Speak with second-hand furniture re-sellers

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If there is no second-hand value of the furniture and no uptake from charities or schools to donate the furniture, you can look to up-recycle or re-model the office furniture. The benefit of businesses knowing the current secondhand value of their furniture gives them more accurate information to help decide on different furniture routes.  

Re-modelling furniture can be time-consuming but a cost-effective solution to buying new furniture. If you look to up-recycle the furniture, all materials such as wood, plastics, and metal are segregated off-site and then reused to form energy or new materials. This has a carbon offset against the material and saves CO2e from making the material again. 

According to the FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) report to manufacture and deliver a rectangular desk the estimated average carbon footprint is 35kgCO2e, for a 6-person bench desk the average carbon footprint is 228kgCO2e. If we can increase the life cycle of the furniture by donating, remodelling, or up recycling we are offsetting the carbon footprint and saving the environmental impact it would have to make new.

To learn more about a sustainable office clearance, keeping the life cycle of furniture at the heart of the project, reach out to our team and book a call to discuss.

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